Results 121–140 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Member is well known for his fairness and decency. He will know that in that debate to which he was referring one of the reasons why a number of us opposed the GLC Bill was that we were convinced that the Inner Urban Areas Bill, as it then was, presented by the Government was a better choice. On the point about Trammell Crow, I understand that if it wishes to get the money which it...

Dividends Bill: Continuation in Force of 1973 Section 10 (27 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I hope that the hon. and learned Member appreciates that the Scottish Tories have already gone north.

Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Reckonable Service (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I begin by telling the Leader of the House that I believe that all those who are to benefit from the Bill, on both sides of the House, are deeply grateful to the Government for what they have done. I am a beneficiary of the main proposals. Having been here for 32 years, I shall have added to my years of service in this House, for pensionable purposes, not 10 but 15 years. From that point of...

Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Reckonable Service (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is right, and they were not given decent consideration because we were all terrified of certain sections of the press. Certain newspapers would have spread the story about Members of Parliament looking after themselves and taking the money away from old-age pensions. That is absolute rubbish. If Members of Parliament were paid nothing at all, old-age pensioners would not benefit by a...

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: On 20th June, when the debate was adjourned, the hon. Gentleman, like me, was not present. He has admitted that and I admit it. Looking at the debate, we see that the arguments were adduced not by the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell)—I exclude him from this—but by the hon. Members for Antrim North (Rev. Ian Paisley) and Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder). Their arguments were based...

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have the report of the debate here: one has only to read it. Anyway, I am asking the hon. Member for Abingdon (Mr. Neave) about this matter, because I want the Tory Party's view. The hon. Gentleman has every right to argue about comprehensive education and so on. That is understandable. That is a fair political point. I am now asking a straight question and may we have a straight answer...

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Let us get it straight. The hon. Gentleman has a right to challenge me if I say something that he did not say in a speech. That is a very fair point of order. But may I point out and get on the record that in column 419—hope that the Tory Front Bench is listening—the hon. Member for Antrim, North is reported as having said: A major religious issue...

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: But it was a good one.

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Of course, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I have been a Member of the House for a long time. I simply said out loud, and obviously it was heard, that I thought that Members of the Conservative Front Bench would have the courage and decency to dissociate themselves from what was, I thought, a religious argument, because if they did not do so they would be cowards and humbugs. I did say that, but if that...

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is an insult to our intelligence.

Schedule 12: Northern Ireland (Education) (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I shall take only one minute. I do not intervene in order to say anything hurtful to the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley). I have no desire to bandy words with him. I know where he stands, and I think that he knows where I stand. I leave it at that. I did read the report of the debate on 20th June. The speeches were quite illuminating. The right hon. Member for Down, South...

Police (Pay) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: For nearly two years my right hon. Friend has had to take a great deal of personal abuse in this House and outside, even from small elements of the police themselves. Is he aware that what he has proposed is probably the most generous pay increase ever awarded to our police? It means roughly a 40 per cent. increase. Quite sensibly, he has decided to phase it in what can be regarded as two 20...

Police (Pay) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: He is unarmed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Prime Minister (Engagements) (6 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will the Leader of the House inform the Prime Minister—if he is not already aware of the fact—that there is grave concern among sections of civil servants who are being compulsorily transferred from London for reasons that were valid many years ago but are not valid today? The problem is becoming acute. Will the whole matter be looked at again, and will those decent people be given an...

House of Commons (Catering Services) (3 Jul 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of us who have been here for quite a long while were astounded to learn that members of the catering staff do not qualify for a pension and that a certain member of the staff whom we all know personally is retiring next year after 25 years' service and will not get a single penny? That cannot be right. Will my right hon. Friend please ensure that such...

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: The House of Commons Commission (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I suppose that I should wait to hear what the Government have to say on the amendment. It seemed to me that three was the right figure. The idea was that one member would be from the Government of the day, one member would be from the Opposition and the other member—perhaps the Government will correct me if I am wrong—would be by agreement with the smaller parties. The Liberals, the Scot...

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Financial Provisions (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: He does not understand what my hon. Friend is talking about, that is why.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Financial Provisions (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: It is all gobbledegook.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Financial Provisions (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not understand what this debate is all about. Clause2—


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